Nigeria: Buhari orders security, military chiefs to contain secessionist, Boko Haram threats

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday issued fresh directives to military and security chiefs to urgently contain secessionists and secure challenges threatening the peace and safe movement of citizens in all parts of the country.

The President gave the orders at a meeting he convened at the Aso Rock Villa with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and a representative of the Chief of Naval Staff.

Also at the meeting were Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris, Director-General of the Department of State Services Lawal Daura, and National Security Adviser Babgana Monguno.

The meeting, which lasted three hours, came a day after the President's national broadcast in which he vowed to tackle all secessionist agitation and security challenges in the effort to keep the nation united and secure.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, Olonishakin said the security chiefs were ready to carry out to the letter all instructions issued by the President during the meeting, at which the issue of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen menace, and kidnappings topped the agenda.

The IPOB is seeking a separate country carved out of the Southeast while Boko Haram has been on killing spree to capture territories in the country's Northeast.

The defence chief did not disclose the specific presidential orders but said the President "has directed on some areas we should look at so as to enhance our operations in the country.

"In his address, he talked about the unity of the nation which is non-negotiable. We have all been fully instructed to ensure that that directive is carried out to the letter."

Asked what orders Buhari gave concerning IPOB's new secret service, Olonishakin only said that "all the issues of security, all security threats were treated one after the other; ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clash, to IPOB. All issues were all treated and comments were made as to what to do as regards those issues".

Asked if the military was considering mobilization of forces to the Southeast, he replied: "Every security issue has been treated and we are going to enhance operations in all the areas we need to do that.

"Like I said, he (Buhari) has given the necessary directives which will be carried out by the military and the security agencies."

The defence chief also spoke on the upsurge of Boko Haram activities, noting that while "it is an asymmetric warfare, it is not that the Boko Haram have stepped up their game, it is just the issue of suicide bombing that has been the problem.

"Of course, we are also working with the security agencies and the intelligence agencies to make sure that we address that menace."

According to him, the President "also directed that we must ensure that the life and property of the citizens are protected and we must make sure that we secure the whole nation and also that troops that are outside carry out their jobs effectively."

Olonishakin stated that "all we have done is to update him on all security issues around the country, within the country and outside the country where our troops are.

"Of course, we have just updated him because he is aware of what has been happening. He has been receiving regular briefings from the Acting President and he has also been going through the print media and electronic media to follow the happenings in the country.
PANA MON/AR 22 Aug2017

22 august 2017 18:30:13

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